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Chris Iwelumo ended his playing career at Chester in 2014 to kick off a media career that has seen him appear regularly on Channel 5’s Football League Show, but he’s returned to the Deva Stadium in a coaching role.

Chester lost their assistant manager Ian Sharps last week to Walsall but manager Jon McCarthy has moved quickly to replace him with Iwelumo who was with Burnley in the 2010/11 season having signed from Wolves.

1011-burnley-chris-iwelumo-00-300x400Although he’ll continue with his Channel 5 and Sky media commitments, he’s joining Chester with an immediate effect to work alongside McCarthy and chief exec Mark Maguire said: “We are thrilled to welcome Chris back to Chester FC.

“We were genuinely blown away by the quality of applicants for this position and it is a compliment to the progress made that so many fantastic coaches were interested in joining our journey.

“Chris has the right blend of playing experience and coaching expertise¬† and just as important the stature in the game to make an immediate impression on our fantastic young squad. I’m sure all Chester fans will join us in giving Chris a warm welcome on Tuesday evening.”

Iwelumo himself said: “Delighted to announce I’ve been appointed assistant manager of Chester, can’t wait to get started at such a brilliantly run club.”

Iwelumo spent just one season with the Clarets before moving on to Watford. He scored 11 goals in 29 league starts, nine of them coming in the first 15 of those games. They included a sensational hat trick against Preston when we came from 3-1 behind with six minutes to go to win 4-3; Jay Rodriguez scoring the 90th minute winner.

I met him once when he told me how to pronounce his surname. He said should I have any problem just to call him Big Chris.

Best of luck at Chester Big Chris.

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